Sometimes buying gifts for everyone on your list is overwhelming. One way we try to wrangle back control is to make homemade gifts in jars. Mason jars work beautifully for this, and *bonus* -- they're super affordable!
We love how quickly they can come together, depending on how simple or elaborate you get. Just a jar of store-bought cookies or candies can suffice.
We round-up 10 of our favorite and most creative jar DIYs, and we also provide you with a printable of watercolor lid inserts and matching gift tags fitting both regular & wide mouth jars. Affiliate links are given to some of our favorite things.
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Here are are favorite jar gift projects.
We like this Gunny Sack Tea Time jar project, and could envision putting together a whole batch of these quickly and easily. A couple of our favorite teas include Stash Lemon Ginger and Numi Turmeric Three Roots blend. We love these adorable Bonne Maman miniature honey jars, though these Stash Tea Honey Sticks would also work well. And of course, you need to throw in some teacakes or shortbread. We love Effie's Oatcakes and Walkers Chocolate Scottie Dog shortbread cookies, which you can slip into these cute snowflake themed treat bags.
Lolly Jane has made a really simple yet elegant gift using White Fudge Oreos with a clever wish for a "White Christmas"; you can pick up a package of white fudge Oreo cookies here (or pick-up my guilty snack fave -- yogurt pretzels instead). Of course, you could make your own special cookie or candy treats. One of our absolute holiday favorites are these Mexican Wedding Cake cookies, which are little butter and nut cookie ball confections rolled in powdered sugar, so the same "White Christmas" sentiment still applies! So. good.
Do your tastes run to the more savory side? How about making this delicous Sweet & Spicy Mixed Nuts recipe from It All Started with Paint? This would be a lovely gift for a friend as well as your favorite hostess.
Is anyone else addicted to Sriracha, aka Rooster Sauce? We love it. This recipe for a jar of Sriracha Salt couldn't be easier.
These little cutie rainbow cupcakes are darling. Get the recipe and instructions from Just Easy Recipes. You could change up the colors depending on the holiday. You could even make these up in your favorite team colors for a football watching party! Here's a link to some of those cool and eco-friendly bamboo forks.
We love compound butters, and this Cranberry Honey Butter recipe from Taste of Home is no exception. For other possible recipes, check out this Bon Appetit article (Porcini-Red Wine Butter! Bacon-Bourbon Butter!). Nom nom. You just can't go wrong here.
Give the gift of creativity and possibly a new, relaxing hobby by putting together a knitting kit in a jar. Get a book of one-skein projects, pick out a lovely cushy beautiful yarn like these fun & colorful self-striping Caron Cakes, and tie on a pair of gorgeous ombre knitting needles. The Mason Jar company shows this idea (photo below) with the addition of a reCAP lid, which would be a clever yarn keeper accessory. (BTW, we have probably half-a-dozen reCAP's at home and use them with jars for salad dressings and dips constantly. We honestly use them practically every day of the week; these alone would actually make a terrific, practical gift).
We adore this beautiful DIY "Mercury Glass" mason jar project from Landee See Landee Do; just add a candle to the jar and you have a beautiful, expensive looking gift. We recommend inserting a soy wax votive in a container so that once it burns down it's easy to remove from the jar. Wouldn't a velvet ribbon around the top of the lid look great? The watercolor lid insert and tags will look amazing.
Another decor-in-a-jar option is this kitschy DIY snow globe starring a jeep hauling a Christmas tree from Mason Jar Crafts Love. Soooo cute.
Do you have favorite gifts in jars? Share what you come up with on Instagram and tag us at #globalbackyard and #gbicraft.